AP United States Government

May be substituted for POD requirement Summer reading will be required and students will be asked to submit an assignment or take a test to demonstrate successful completion of summer assignment. Students who fail to satisfactorily complete the summer assignment will be removed from the course. Students who are new to the district must see his/her teacher for individual instructions regarding completion of the required summer reading College credit is the goal of testing in this course. Take it sooner, not later! Emphasis is made on good writing skills, including analysis, as well as complete, substantive response strategies. Understand the sources of public authority, political power and claims to political legitimacy. Trace the historical evolution of national political traditions and learn about the transmission of political values. View political conflict, party systems and political elites, and the belief systems that citizens hold about their government and its leaders. Analyze the ways citizens vote and otherwise participate in political life. See how politics and economics co-mingle and impact economic development. Study the changing scope of governmental activity and observe the consequences of political change. Finally, compare the U. S. Government to other political systems. Enjoy becoming acquainted with specific examples to reach understanding. Students will be encouraged to sign up and take the AP exam in May. The anticipated fee for the exam is approximately $91. All Advanced Placement examination fees will be included in the student fees. They MUST be paid IN FULL by the end of the first semester (January) in order for the student to receive a weighted grade.